This week I have been working on two paintings. I bet you can't guess what my subject is for the first painting. I'm trying to branch out and paint non-flower subject matter. I'm also intrigued by how some artists paint on a much smaller scale. I discovered ACEO or "Art Cards, Editions, and Originals" on Etsy. They are pocket sized collectible art and are extremely affordable. They are sized 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches. I took on the challenge of painting on a smaller scale, hence my painting on the left is an ACEO sized painting. If I'm successful I might just paint an entire barnyard in miniature.
The image on the right is the beginning wash of an 8 inch by 10 inch painting. I have these pansies in a hanging basket under my deck that refuse to give in to the heat. Everything else in the basket has died, except for these vibrant pansies. I occasionally remember to water them, but I'm still amazed at their longevity. I felt they deserved a place in my watercolor collection of flowers for that reason alone.